CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — One of the women who accused Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct said she felt “frightened” and threatened by a comment by the player after a massage session.
In an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Ashley Solis, one of the 22 women who have sued Watson for his conduct with them, gave graphic details of the encounter with the three-time Pro pick quarterback. Bowl.
Solis said that at the end of a massage, Watson told her, “I know you have to protect your career” and “I know you don’t want anyone messing with her the same way I don’t want anyone messing with mine.”
Reporter Soledad O’Brien asked Solis why Watson’s words frightened her.
“Because it seemed like a threat to me,” he said.
During the interview broadcast Tuesday night, Solis and another massage therapist, Kyla Hayes, gave details of their meetings with Watson, who is facing civil lawsuits from the 22 women who accuse him of various sexual situations during massages he received while playing. with the Houston Texans.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing and claims the sexual encounters with the women were consensual. Two grand juries in Texas have declined to indict Watson on the criminal charges of 10 women.
Solis and Hayes said they were offended by the $230 million, five-year contract the Browns awarded Brown in March. The deal with Watson is the richest financially in NFL history and is fully guaranteed.
“It’s like a big fuck you,” Solis said. “So it feels. That we don’t matter. That he can run and throw is what interests us.”
Hayes noted, “It disgusted me… I felt like he was being rewarded for his bad behavior.”
The two women had previously spoken publicly about the issue. Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, called the HBO interviews “more of the same.”
“We have been denying these allegations from the beginning,” Hardin told broadcaster 92.3 in Cleveland.
The NFL, which is independently investigating whether Watson violated its personal conduct policy, could impose a penalty on him.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the Atlanta owners meeting that the investigation into Watson is “close to an end” but could not give a timeframe for announcing the decision.
The Browns, who had spent two fruitless decades searching for a franchise quarterback, wanted Watson like other teams.